Great Wall Nepal Pvt. Ltd. - Bhutan: Cultures and Traditions Detailed Programme
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Bhutan: Cultures and Traditions Detailed Programme

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Day One - Arrival and Sightseeing in Thimpu

Upon arrival at Paro Airport you will be welcomed by the local staff. The flight from Kathmandu to Bhutan offers you beautiful mountain views and landscapes. On arrival and after visa formalities you will be welcomed and transferred to Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan. After checking in you are free to spend the evening yourself.

Day Two - Sightseeing Thimpu and Surroundings

In the morning you will be picked up by your guide and driver for a sightseeing tour in and around Thimphu. We will kick of the day by visiting the Memorial Chorten built in the memory of the late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck. From the Chorten Memorial we will continue to and visit Changangkha Lhakhang, a fortress like monastery with an excellent view from the courtyard. If it is of your interest we will visit the nearby mini-zoo and have a look at the National Animal, Takin.

From here on we move on to the Drupthob Nunnery Temple and the local market. In the local market you will have some time for yourself to explore the local products on offer. Visiting a market is always a great way to mingle in with the locals and taste the local culture.

Next on our tour is the spectacular Dochula Pass. The Dochula Pass is Bhutan's most famous pass and located just 30 kilometres from it's capital Thimpu. The pass is located at an altitude of 3100 metres and offers great views on the Himalaya's on a clear day. The Druk Wangyal Chortens-108 stupa's also add up the attractiveness of this pass.

We now move on to on the second oldest "Dzong", fortress, in Bhutan, the Punakha Dzong meaning the palace of great happiness. This picturesque palace located at the riverbank with mountains in the used to be the administrative centre and seat of the Government of Bhutan till 1955.

Our last stop of the day is the Wangdi Dzong. This castle is located on a mountain ridge between the Punatshangchhu and Tagchhu rivers. A recent fire (June 2012) has severely damaged the castle, however the beautiful views from this ridge have not been affected by the fire.

Day Three - Sightseeing Paro

In the morning we drive back to Paro and will visit the ruined fortress of Drugyel dzong which still attracts visitors due to the strategic location of the fort. The fort defended the Paro valley from the Tibetan invasion from the north in the early 17th century. On a clear day Mount Chomolhari, 7320 meters, can be seen towering over the dzong.

After visiting the fort we proceed through the beautiful Paro valley to the watch tower, locally known as Ta-Dzong. This tower houses the National museum since the 1960s by the third King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck. The seven floors museum highlights various aspects of Bhutanese culture and history dating back to the 7th century.

Day Four - Hiking to Taktsang Monastery

Our last day in Bhutan will be an active day. We take the opportunity to walk up to the viewpoint of the Taktsang Monastery (Tiger's Nest). In case your prefer not to hike, horses are also available for rental. The hike which is all the way uphill takes about 2 /3 hours through villages and pine forests. This monastery is one of the most famous and sacred monasteries in Bhutan and was built back in 1692. The monastery literally clings to the granite cliff. The monastery is of great historical importance. It is believed that the great saint Padmasambhava came to visit this place on a flying tigress and meditated in a cave for 3 months. During this meditation the demons, trying to stop the spread of Buddhism were subdued and the Paro valley was converted into Buddhism. During the end of the 17th century the Taktsang Monastery was built on the spot where the saint meditated. Nowadays the monastery is a pilgrimage site for every Bhutanese to visit once in their life time.

Day Five - Departure and Flight back to Kathmandu

Morning transfer to Airport for flight back to Kathmandu.

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